Pearls are the epitome of style and grace, with their internal glow and lovely luster. This is a gorgeous vintage double-strand pearl necklace from the 1950s crafted with matched 8.5-8.8mm cultured Japanese Akoya pearls. The round pearls have a cream overtone and subtle luster and are secured with a fancy clasp decorated with two natural round-cut sapphires and ten single-cut diamonds in 14K white gold. This timeless necklace is excellent for a vintage-loving bride or a June baby!
Pearls have an ancient history, first mentioned in 2,206 BCE by a Chinese writer; a living creature and not Earth create these organic gemstones. With their origins in water, pearls can be from freshwater and saltwater mollusks and are strongly associated with myths and lore involving water. The silky orient and luster of pearls often give them a glow that many cultures associate with the moon. Victorians thought pearls represented purity, the Japanese thought they were mermaid’s tears, and Persians believed they formed when a rainbow met the Earth.
The necklace is in very good vintage condition with minor signs of wear. The pearl’s surface, or nacre, is not chipped or cracked and shows a few natural blemishes from the formation. The round pearls have a cream overtone and good luster and are well-matched. The pearls are individually knotted for added security, and the clasp is stamped 14K.
The necklace measures 16″ long, and the pearls range from 8.5-8.8mm and weigh 67.07 grams. The sapphires weigh 0.13 carats, and the diamonds weigh 0.05 carats.
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